Child Weekly

Before parents lose government subsidies on childcare fees, young children are given an extra 20 days of absences, as part of the government's response to coronavirus.

With 1.3 million children in childcare and about 200,000 staff employed in the early childhood education and care sector, services throughout Australia will continue to remain open. The federal government's expert medical advice is for early childhood services to remain open and children to continue to attend childcare centres, except for those services directed by health authorities to close.

Some services are having difficulty ordering food and essential items from their usual food supplier. This could be mainly due to widespread public fear of the Coronavirus and the potential periods of isolation and lockdowns.

In South Granville, NSW, a 33-year-old man has been recently charged for allegedly claiming almost $100,000 in false childcare subsidy payments.

The following FAQ's were developed and responded to by Early Childhood Australia for all services currently opened. Questions answered include, if a child/parent has coronavirus what steps does a service have to take, what happens during forced closure, charging families who choose to keep child at home, how often should children be cleaning hands and more.

In Melbourne’s north-east, both parents of a child who attends a childcare centre tested positive to the coronavirus yet the childcare centre remains open.

If childcare centres shut down due to the coronavirus, parents will not have to pay childcare fees. Centres will not claim Child Care Subsidy and since child care isn't able to be offered to families, they must not be charged fees.

A Perth child care provider, has been recently fined $15,000 after a five-year-old girl was left alone in a locked bus for up to 15 minutes.

In Bunbury, WA a leading Childcare centre was fined $10,000 after a three-year-old escaped and walked home. The staff did not notice the boy was missing until his mother brought him back.

From 15th March to 21 March we celebrate Harmony Week. Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. We celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world.